Inclusion. It’s vital. My performance and research work has led me to facilitate professional workshops, seminars and lectures on inclusive practice in both the mainstream and disability art sectors. Leading me into working in a freelance capacity, my facilitation skills are constantly being shaped by the needs of the group I am working with, challenging me to find original and playful ways to work inclusively and accessibly.
My experiences of having cerebral palsy has been a catalyst for 15 years of work with children and young people with Profound Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) or who are on the autistic spectrum (ASC). In 2009 I became a freelance Inclusion Practitioner, designing and delivering sessions and workshops with a focus on inclusive practice and the ‘can do’ of each participant.
Diversity Officer Consultant with We Are Epic. A new arts company in Leicester, based at the Attenborough Arts Centre. We Are Epic identify pathways, create inclusive professional trainings and broker innovative international collaborations.
Feldenkrais Practitioner. Teaching working and individual sessions in London. My practice focuses on shaping the method to be inclusive and accessible to all abilities. Also working with the International Feldenkrais Federation.
A year of embedding inclusion best practices into my performance practice and developing ways of working within Feldenkrais. I was working on my Grants for the Arts projects. Find out more here
Developed Stick-Stuck: a curious place to play! and continued to to build the project with Trinity Special Needs School in Essex.
Working as an Access Consultant with FanSHEN Theatre company on their new show Invisible Treasure, I led, shaped and taught ways of embedding inclusive practices and access into their process of making material for the show.
Qualifying as a Feldenkrais Practitioner I started developing a inclusive practice, offering accessible Feldenkrais to people of all abilities and embedding inclusion and access at the heart of how I teach and my approach to the method. My work has a diverse mix from disabled wheelchair dancers to people with everyday requests for better movement. Both have had excellent feedback.
I co-founded YSYT (2011), a respite care charity in West Sussex. YSYT provided creative, inclusive fun for disabled young people. Part of its aim was to offer support for families and carers. After the initial set up I took the role of Creative Arts Coordinator, devising and running sessions with and for the members. Since 2011 my role as an Inclusion Practitioner opened up opportunities to work with Candoco Dance Company (2011), Graeae Theatre Company (2012) and Oily Cart Theatre Company (2013/14). Gaining valuable and extensive experience in creative practices led me to work with the Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities (2013/14) and special needs schools in Essex (2013/14).